A quirky wine style emminating out of the Loire Valley are wines from the Chinon appellation. 100% Cabernet Franc makes up Bernard Baudry's Domain Chinon and is harvested from both his gravel soils and his limstone slopes.
The Baudry 2008 Chinon mingles tart mulberry with invigorating salinity and pungent herbs on a spare yet polished and persistently juicy palate. This shows a lot of length and refinement albeit in a not-very ripe context, and I have to say I'm surprised it handled as well as it did the 15 months' elevage routinely administered to this cuvee.
Vintage: 2008 David Schildknecht
A nice, firm style on the nose, ripe, perhaps even a touch confit, with a sweet edge to the typical Cabernet Franc aromas. The palate is very well composed, elegant, with some good flesh to it. Finishes very nicely.
Vintage: 2008 Score: 16+/20 points
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